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for it? it is a little early for that. >> he says he is not yet ready to take his russian counterpart at face value. it is obvious both sides since the possibility of a deal. >> we agree it would help to save lives if we connect on push this. it would reduce the threat to the region and it would uphold the norm that was established here in geneva almost a century ago, and it would achieve the best of all of our aspirations for curbing weapons of mass destruction. >> i am convinced that our american colleagues are convinced that we should follow the peaceful resolution. they held out the possibility that these talks could pave the way for a long-awaited peace conference, but a dealo secure theee chemical weapons will be tough enough.
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they are lacking details in a timely fashion. >> there is the question of syria's conditions. president assad gave no indication that a mask is possessed chemical weapons. in an interview with russian tv, he would agree to a plan if the u.s. with drew the threat of military force and stopped secretly arming the rebels. and the mutual suspicion between washington and moscow. vladimir putin had an opinion piece in the new york times. millions around the world, it is relying solely on brute force. coalitions tether, you're either with us or against us. the threat of military force.
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>> this is not a game. that's what i said when we talked initially. it has to be real. >> they have known since the start of this conflict that the world can only act on syria if they act together. the spread of chemical weapons is one area where it frightens both countries equally. enough to trust each other? we will know by friday. rejected the arms proposal in a video posted on youtube. >> we announce our categorical rejection placing chemical weapons under international control. we request the man behind this crime appears behind the international criminal court. >> he is one of the leading figures of the free syrian army.
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it was also backed by aother opposition group. the syrian national coalition has called the plan a political maneuver aimed at buying time. discussions connue in geneva and diplomats are working on a proposal to bring the stockpile under control. especially the united states and russia, they have been locked in a bitter stalemate about how to move ahead. the willingness to avoid a you in treaty that outlaws the use of such agents has given them new momentum. >> diplomats at the u.n. are expressing a mix of both enthusiasm and skepticism. also skepticism about how serious syria is about getting to their chemical weapons stockpile.
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>> they have become, starting today, a full member of the convention. the time has come for the syrian government to join the obcwc to be against all weapons of mass destruction. >> a drive to place the stockpile under international control. but western leaders are skeptical of their intentions and say a mandate is necessary. >> it will establish a binding commitment within a specific timeframe. we will hold further discussions
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in the security council once the u.n. inspectors have reported. >> they are working overtime to deliver their report that the french foreign minister said could come as early as next week. >> i think it will be on monday. in the meantime, we will stay in permanent contact. the >> they still hoped for a peace conference in geneva that has been delayed for months. >> what they have to do with the russians on these four geneva. >> it could be a long time coming. russia has expressed opposition to a resolution that is enforceable. >> the syria envoy said the
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country would set no preconditions. he said they were setting an example for the region and said the only reason they possessed chemical weapons was to act as a deterrent to israel's alleged nuclear stockpile. >> does it set a timeline on when the weapons will be destroyed? >> parties do have to declare their stockpile and allow a mechanism for destroying those weapons. but it can be very lengthy. the u.s. and russia both joined the convention in 97 and neither had yet to destroy their entire stockpile. >> and the results of the u.n. investigation? >> the official line is no timeline, but as the foreign minister said, it could come as early as next week. we heard that from some diplomats. australia's ambassador is the
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acting president of the security council and said the report would come sooner rather than later but would not give up much else. >> reporting live from new york. the opposition arrived in china this week, and for more insight on the visit, i am joined from beijing for more on that. inc. you for joining us. our first question, we know that china believes a political resolution is the only solution. what does china hope to achieve by hosting members of the opposition delegation? >> china supports the political approach for a syrian crisis, and that is the basic dynamic trying to engage in the opposition. >> i suppose china will work on that perspective.
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about the demand of the opposition, china believes that if we want to start a political dialogue, we need to understand the positions. and we will try to find that solution. that is how you can understand better. >> china will try to clarify that position. the united nations security council, some parties have some misconception. it is time for china to clarify our balance of position. it does not support the current authority and what we are trying to achieve. it stops the conflicts, it is the mediation for their work. >> china will also try to
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convince this delegation to keep an open mind and be open to negotiating? trying to come up with some sort of a peaceful solution. >> we have an opportunity now. both the u.s. and russia are trying to work out a political solution. we also notice the opposition says no to this proposal. they may be reluctant to accept a political approach. communicating for the solution and seeing the fighting and all kinds of work in the future. >> we appreciate your time. as the u.s. steps back from the threat of strikes against syria, refugees continue to leave the country. jordan's camp is the largest --
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the second-largest in the world with 120,000 syrians. 80 kilometers east of the capital, that is where we find tony chang. >> it is a desolate desert landscape. the sun bakes the rockhard earth. there is no water for miles, so it is hard to think of somewhere less hospitable to live. it could be home to 100,000 people. the hospital facility is almost complete. the treatment tents are up and they are kept operational for three months. everything is ready and all they need are the patients. >> with the maternity and the operation room, it is going to be ready by early next week.
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we can do surgery, of course. we have a laboratory, we do deliveries for up to 40 patients in the hospital. >> one of the enormous challenges facing anyone is the harshness of the environment. it is 45 degrees in the midday summer sun and in four months, it will be a freezing cold wind whipping around with temperature at night dropping to well below zero. >> trying to flatten out the rocky ground, some structures are being shipped and ready built. these are usually the administrative cuts, and the prefabrication is expensive and transportation is hard. most of the effort is going to the homes themselves. >> we see the work being done, the situation continuing to deteriorate inside syria.
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we have to be prepared. >> the culmination of years of experience. >> one of the things unique about the design, it is reflecting many years of experience and emergencies, constructing challenges very quickly. how many can we construct and a day? >> they can be hung with the drapes for privacy. these are designed to last for years. >> there is not very much at the moment. >> the construction workers race to finish the huts.
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the reality for syria' gees is that this will be their home for many months if not years. >> still to come, the latest for the philippines. as tensions continue, we will meet to teenagers that are finding common ground despite their differences.
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>> people in cuba have been holding a day of protest over for intelligence agents still imprisoned in the united states.
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demonstrators displayed yellow ribbons to show national support on the 15th anniversary of their arrest in florida. it was the largest anti-u.s. protests staged on the communist island since president castro took over in 2006. the fighting between philippine government forces and suspected members of the muslim separatist group has intensified. but as barnaby lo reports, the government is still committed to resolving the crisis peacefully. >> the philippines armed forces will remain firm in its operations and its mission at the moment to contain them. to prevent them from leaving. the international police will make those responsible answerable. >> they receive several villages
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, and the state won't hesitate to use its forces to protect those people. just as the statement was issued, troops began gearing up for an assault. >> waiting for a peaceful political settlement or the mnlf. it appears that they are ready to move-in. >> the gunshots of the past few days have given way to continuous and heavy shelling. >> the military says it was reacting to the brazen acts of terrorism by the rebels. officials say they are aiming for a peaceful resolution and they are not sure where the rebels are forming. >> it can only be done if those that want to see change actually
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will it hear to the constitution, a group of men from the mnlf faction saying that they are here to do a peaceful rally. coming in with rpg's and guns is not a peaceful rally. >> none of that is reflected on the ground. >> for many involved in a deadly terrorist attack learned their punishment on tuesday. they local court handed down the death penalty for three of the man and the other will serve 25 years in prison. they orchestrated a terror attack, killing 24 people. the investigation shows the group had been planning the attacks since 2010 and masterminded by jihadist extremist groups abroad.
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islamic militants were killed in a shootout with their former conrad -- comrades. they were top foreign extremists in the region and had been hiding from al-shabab. hamami was on the fbi's most wanted terrorist list and they offered $5 million as a reward for his capture. >> friday marks the 20th anniversary of trying to resolve the conflict. both sides are trying to find common ground that will lead to a lasting resolution. cctv's stephanie freed introduces us to two teams. hoping that getting ready to know each other will foster peace. >> this is the first time
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crossing into the israeli occupied west bak. >> i know that life is very different. it is tough for me to imagine what it will be like there. >> passing the military checkpoint, it is the barrier wall separating palestinians and israelis that surprises him most. his house is surrounded by the wall. their initial common ground is the military. >> they are here, you're here. >> they used to stay up and i would wake up. >> the conversation drifts to more relaxed topics. >> what do you do?
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nothing? >> there is a social club in the whole city. >> they do find time for recreation before parting ways. one week later, they visit tel aviv. and his journey is longer and more complicated. strolling the promenade, he is struck by common aspects like recreation, street performers, and modern technology. >> what was that?
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>> the boys say there were some surprises when it came to expectations versus the reality of each other. they agree on what those roles are and what they should be in the future. >> we decided that we should know each other. >> i want to do more. >> the meeting was unnatural and awkward, similar to peacemakers that try to move beyond discomfort to achieve common ground. stephanie freed, cctv, tel aviv. >> the democratic people's republic of korea appears to be restarting the nuclear reactor according to a report by the u.s. korea institute. the dpr k shut down the reactor.
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they announced the intention to restart the reactor. >> lamentation has turned to anger. a cartoon in a french paper is no laughing matter.
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>> four days of relentless rain has left at least three people dead and one missing in the u.s. state of colorado. roads have been washed away and mountain towns cut off as rescuers struggled a help motorists stranded by the storms. several overflowed one county alone to declare a state of emergency. and there is more rain in the forecast. firefighters in new jersey battling a massive fire that destroyed arts of the famous boardwalk.
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firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation but there are no other reports of injuries. it is unclear how that fire started. it was damaged almost one year ago. japan will formally protest against a french cartoon that mocks the country's successful bid to the 2020 olympics games. it depicts two sumo wrestlers with extra lambs-- limbs at the nuclear plant. before the final vote, the japanese prime minister promised there won't be any concerns about fukushima by the time the games begin. and that does it for world news. let's send it back over to mike. >> next this friday with investors meeting the federal reserve next week as the key focal point.
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>> investors are adopting a cautious stance in the final trading day of this week. focusing on his next tuesday or wednesday, they will decide it is time to reverse the monetary stimulus program or lift the foot off the gas pedal as ben bernanke might put it. shares largely unchanged insole -- in seoul. investors are reacting to earnings from the largest developer, releasing earnings after the market closed on thursday. the world's largest property developer by market value posted a weaker than expected 14% drop. it excludes property evaluations.
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the fall is due to slowing sales in hong kong prices, slumping in 2013 after the government took measures to cool the property market. now one of the most expensive in the world. they raise to 7.25%. the rate hike in southeast asia's second-largest economy is the second in two weeks. indonesia is seeking to bolster the beleaguered currency which has dropped to its weakest levels in four and a half years on worries that any pullback on the fed's $85 billion a month bond buying program will spur a hike in interest rates citing more capital from emerging markets. the philippines, new zealand,
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and south korea leaving rates unchanged on thursday. that is it from hong kong, back to you. >> a creature in australia has a face only a mother can love him a that is doubtful. appropriately named because of its interesting blob like appearance has been voted the ugliest animal on earth. posted by a british science group posting to raise awareness of the endangered species. it did not win unanimously but it did win decisively by 10,000 votes. it is found off the coast of southeast australia. it feeds on crabs and lobsters. what a pretty little face. that will do it for us. see you tomorrow night. have yourself a good day.
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